Why are nu day jewelry bridal rings sold complete with centers?
A couple of reasons why we sell complete rings:
~ we pair each setting with a perfect matched center for maximum eye appeal and value
~ provides a final cost allowing you to stay within your budget
~ easier to compare costs with our other bridal rings
Can I order a custom bridal ring?
Absolutely. We know the feeling of having your inspired vision come to fruition in a custom piece just for you. Please see our custom design page for further details. If you still have questions after reviewing this page, please do not hesitate to contact us. We truly believe that our quality custom design process is the easiest and best in the marketplace. It is our speciality!
Can I use my own diamond center in a bridal ring?
Absolutely, there are a few more steps involved. Please contact us at email@example.com and someone will be in touch with you to start the process. It is always fun to make sentimental diamonds part of a new piece.
I love this setting but desire a different sized diamond center, is this an option?
In almost all cases, yes. Contact us and let us help you make your dream ring come true. In most cases, we can give you a price within 24 hours. Meeting your size and budget parameters are important to making your ring purchase perfect.
Are the bridal rings available in different colored metals?
In almost all cases, yes. Some of our rings are offered already in white, rose and yellow gold. Please read the full description of your desired ring. Different metals might already be an option, ensuring a very quick manufacturing turnaround time or in stock. What is market buy?
Our jewelry experts continually search for the best loose diamond values available in the marketplace. Often purchasing a slightly smaller center (less than 1/100th of an inch) yields hundreds of dollars of savings. The center might only be less than 1 percent smaller in size yet 30 to 40 percent less in cost. We reflect these savings in our everyday low prices.
What is tcw or CT. TW?
These acronyms are used for total carat weight or carat total weight. You will see either acronym in the jewelry industry. Both acronyms have the same meaning.
These are weight measurement for ALL of the diamonds used in the entire ring. This includes the center diamond and all of the additional diamonds utilized in the setting.
What does minimum color and grade mean?
We provide a specification table for each bridal ring and have established minimums to ensure the diamonds in your beautiful ring will always met or exceed these standards. In many cases, the diamonds used for your ring would be graded higher than our minimums. We know you will never be disappointed with the quality or value of your ring.
Where is our jewelry made?
The short answer is all over the world. We have entered into partnerships with today’s top manufacturers and most of their jewelry comes from facilities in India or China. We also work with small designers who offer unique designs from Italy, the United States, Spain and many other countries.
We are not able to confirm the origin or manufacturer of our estate pieces and vintage collection because we are not the original purchasers. Each vintage and estate piece is individually appraised and inspected.
Estate Jewelry vs. Vintage Jewelry vs. Antique Jewelry
Vintage Jewelry is at least 20 years old.
Antique Jewelry is verifiably over 100 years old.
Estate Jewelry comes from a person’s estate.
Vintage Inspired is jewelry inspired by designs of the past but is brand new.
White Gold vs. Yellow Gold Karats: Are They Different?
One of the most common concerns of people is whether white gold karats are comparable to yellow gold karats. The answer is “Yes.”
White gold is just yellow gold that is mixed with other metals.
If you look closely at how white gold is made, you will realize that it is just yellow gold that is mixed with other metals.
The yellow gold used in jewelry is made in the same way, and the difference is only in the mixture of the additional metals used.
For example, white gold has more zinc, whereas yellow gold usually contains more nickel.
Regardless of what metals are added to the gold alloy, its purity is measured in the same way.
For example, if a gold ring is 18 karats, this means that out of a maximum of 24 parts, 18 parts are pure gold and the rest is something else
But 18K white gold and 18K yellow gold both have the same purity.
How Is White Gold Different from Yellow Gold?
First, as already mentioned, white gold is mixed with zinc, which makes the alloy look whiter than the typical yellow gold alloys.
However, even with zinc mixed in, white gold still has a yellowish tint. What makes white gold really different is its plating, which is made of rhodium.
Rhodium Plating and White Gold
Rhodium is a white metal that is used as a coating in jewelry and is actually the metal that gives white gold its color. Not only that – rhodium also makes white gold more durable by covering the softer yellow gold alloy with an additional protective layer.
Since rhodium is expensive, it can add to the price of white gold jewelry and make it more expensive than yellow gold pieces.
Downsides of White Gold
While white gold looks great when it is new, its rhodium plating wears off with time. When the rhodium comes off, the lower yellowish layer of white gold becomes visible.
How long it will take for the plating to disappear depends on how often you wear your jewelry.
The good news is that you can always have your white gold replated with rhodium to restore the original color of the jewelry. Keep in mind, however, that this service can cost around $25-$35 and more.
Is Yellow Gold Better?
Although white gold is not perfect, yellow gold has its own short falls. Gold is a soft metal and the higher the karat of your gold jewelry is, the more easily it will get scratched.
You can always have yellow gold polished, but polishing removes a layer of the metal along with the scratches.
In contrast, when white gold gets too many scratches, you can always polish them out and have the piece re-plated with rhodium, restoring the jewelry’s surface layer.
Lower karat yellow gold is more durable, but if you are allergic to the nickel in gold alloys, a 10K or even a 14K piece may not work for you.
White Gold vs. Yellow Gold: Which Should You Buy?
Both yellow and white gold have their downsides, and while white gold has a slight edge when it comes to durability, neither is a perfect choice in this respect. That’s why you should make your choice primarily based on color.
If you have a diamond of a lower color grade (such as K or L), for example, have it set in yellow gold so that the diamond’s yellowish tint doesn’t stand out as it would in white.
In contrast, if your diamond is graded Colorless or Nearly Colorless, it would be a better idea to have it mounted in white gold, which will add to the stone’s white brilliance.
If you want something more durable than white gold, consider platinum, for which white gold was actually created as a substitute.
Platinum is a lot more expensive, but it doesn’t scratch as easily, and even after you polish it many times, you don’t need to have it re-plated, unlike white gold.